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Baseball Hall of Famer Puckett Dies


Baseball Hall of Fame player Kirby Puckett, who led the Minnesota Twins to two World Series titles, has died of complications from a stroke.

The 44-year-old Puckett underwent surgery on Sunday after he suffered a stroke at his home in Arizona. He died in the hospital late Monday.

Perhaps the most popular player in franchise history, Puckett played his entire career with Minnesota from 1984 through 1995. Although his career was cut short by irreversible retina damage to his right eye, Puckett was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 2001.

Puckett had a career batting average of .318 with 207 home runs and 1,085 runs-batted-in. Puckett was selected to 10 consecutive All-Star Games.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.